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Thursday, October 24, 2013
GOP governors get results despite Washington dysfunction | The Daily Caller
To the American people, the drama in Washington is getting old. It was interesting the first forty times, but it’s not interesting anymore, it just points to failure.
What do leaders do? What do chief executives do? They lead their allies in unity, and they reach out to their opponents in search of consensus and converts.
The president has completely failed to do this, and the dysfunction in Washington is primarily his dysfunction. The buck stops at the president’s desk. What you are seeing is President Obama’s Washington. Washington dysfunction is the failure of leadership in the Oval Office.
Leaders don’t paint themselves as victims, as President Obama does routinely. They lead — and that includes working with members of both parties. That includes negotiating and looking for common ground.
President Obama made drastic changes to our health care system, without a single supporter from the other party, and without the support of the American people. He is now reaping the rewards of this failed strategy, and he’s trying to blame others for it.
The president likes to note that he was elected by the American people just last year. Fair enough. But he might also note that every single member of the House of Representatives was also elected by the American people just last year. Additionally, as a constitutional law professor he should realize that the power of the purse resides with the House of Representatives.
Whether every Republican agrees with the House’s latest offer, which moves off full repeal, and instead delays the employer mandate for a year and removes the exemption from Obamacare for members of Congress and their staffs, we can all agree the president needs to show leadership. Rather than considering this offer, the president remains stubborn and partisan.
With all this dysfunction, Republican governors are not going to take a back seat to anyone in Washington anymore.